Author Archives : Pastor Cheryl Griffin


About Pastor Cheryl Griffin

Pastor Cheryl Ann Griffin thinks God has a sense of humor for leading her into ministry, but can’t imagine doing anything else! Pastor Griffin received her BA degree from the College of William and Mary. She worked as an accountant before God led her to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she received her Master of Divinity degree. In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Griffin is a member of the Ministerium Team and frequently leads small groups at synod youth events. She is also a representative to the VA Synod Council.


Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15-20     Luke 14:25-33     13th Sunday after Pentecost   We are faced with choices every day.  Some choices, such as which cereal to buy, are relatively inconsequential.  The college we attend, and what major we choose have more impact on our lives.  Choosing to have a life-partner will change our life in ways we cannot even […]


Table Manners

Luke 14:1, 7-14      12th Sunday after Pentecost I want to ask all of you who are sitting, how much thought did you give it?  Sitting, I mean.  Not how to sit, but where to sit and why.  Are you in the back row or the front?  And with whom are you sitting?  Maybe you just […]


Sinners and Saints

Hebrews 11:29-12:2     10thSunday After Pentecost   What do you know about your family tree?  In recent times, we have become fascinated with locating ourselves in our families and culture.  The movie Rootshelped to spark our interest in “finding ourselves.”  Technology has helped make it easier for us to track our lineage.[1] Companies like 23 and Me […]


Hope in the Meantime

Genesis 15:1-6   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16   Luke 12:32-40 9thSunday after Pentecost   Last Sunday morning, 27 people were injured, and 10 people were killed within 30 seconds in Dayton.  The dead included the sister of the shooter, and the shooter himself. I found out about the shooting from a text message that my daughter, Kelly, sent to […]


Enough

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23     Luke 12:13-21 18thSunday after Pentecost       They say that you can’t take it with you, but that doesn’t mean that people haven’t tried.  Civil War Confederate Major William Wise was buried with his horse, his favorite hunting dog, and a sword.  He was convinced he was going where he could track […]


Let’s Talk!

Luke 11:1-1     7thSunday after Pentecost Examen, intercessory, thanksgiving, supplication, meditative, contemplative, petitionary, ….  “What are types of prayers, Alex!”  (I am the only one who watches Jeopardy?) Richard Foster lists 21 forms of prayer in his book entitled, Prayer:  Finding the Heart’s True Home.[1]Do we stand?  Do we sit?  When should we pray? Does the […]


Radical Grace

  John 5:1-9     6th Sunday of Easter “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked.  I am captivated by this question every time that I read it.  “Do you want to be made well?” These were Jesus’ first words to the sick man lying in the vicinity of the pool.  He had been […]


Walking Wounded

John 20:19-31     Second Sunday of Easter   Easter was glorious, wasn’t it?  Our worship space filled with flowers, music that stirred our souls, and lots of smiling people. The atmosphere was joyous!  How very easy to forget that only two days earlier Jesus hung on a cross until he died. We had little thought to Jesus’ […]


Where Do You Stand When Your Feet Are Sore?

  John 13:1-17, 31b-35     Maundy Thursday In Northern Ireland, there were three decades of deathly struggles between Catholics and Protestants.  The Troubles, as the conflict was called, was both religious and political.  Although the Good Friday Agreementin 1998 was to end the conflict, low-levels of violence and open wounds still exist. A community leader, Pádraig Ó Tuama, […]